Lourawls “Tum Tum” Nairn is taking his career in a different direction, at least for now.
This week, the former Michigan State University (MSU) standout announced that he recently completed an autobiography entitled ‘Purpose Driven’.
The book details the story of Nairn’s life and his journey from playing in The Bahamas to advancing to National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I.
“On July 14th, 2018, I did something that I never dreamed of. I finished writing my first book with the help of my writing coach Cierra Seay and my mentor Eric Thomas. Wow, I’m an author. Only God can do that! I did not write Purpose Driven for people to look at what I went through and say, ‘Wow Tum has been through a lot’,” Nairn said.
“I wrote it because I wanted people to read what I went through and reflect on what they are going through and say, ‘If Tum can make it through what he went through, I can make it through what I’m going through.
“Ten years ago, today, I did the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my life. At the age of 13, I left home in the Bahamas to follow my dreams of playing basketball. I had no idea what was going to happen, but I took a leap of faith and left my entire family to go to a place I had never been before. I was determined to make the best out of any situation or circumstance that came my way.”
Nairn emerged as a leader both on and off the floor for MSU during his tenure in Lansing, Michigan.
Earlier this summer, the 5’9” guard announced he was going pro. Nairn signed with Ryan Dempsey of Kitch Law Firm with the hope of landing a professional deal.
Nairn’s final season with the Spartans ended prematurely with an upset loss in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Tournament’s Round of 32.
The 5’9” guard saw his numbers and role with the team decline with the emergence of sophomore guard Cassius Winston. He averaged just 1.7 points and 2.9 assists per game in his final season. Nairn’s junior year was his best statistically, putting up 3.5 points and 3.6 assists for the Spartans.